The Stateline Yurt

Stateline Yurt
We are excited to offer backcountry lodging in the Bitterroot Mountain Range behind Lost Trail Ski Area at the Stateline Yurt.  The yurt is located about two miles from the ski area boundary on the Salmon-Challis National Forest at an elevation of 7200 ft.  Lodging at the yurt allows access to the great skiing in the Lost Trail backcountry.  The ski terrain varies from low angle tree skiing to more aggressive big mountain options.  Saddle Mountain is a nearby peak in Montana with an elevation of 8460 ft, offering great skiing opportunities.  There are also different ski options in the North Fork of the Salmon drainage on the Idaho side of the stateline.  This facility is available for rent by people experienced in backcountry travel, backcountry skiing or snowboarding.

The Stateline Yurt is a 20-foot diameter Mongolian style yurt.  The yurt is outfitted with four beds, kitchen cooking table, 4-burner propane stove, all the eating and cooking utensils needed for your stay, a Weber Grill, dinner table with 4 chairs and several other seating options as well.  A small wood stove heats the yurt, and firewood is supplied.  There is a pit toilet facility on site and on a clear day the views are unbeatable!  There are several additional sleeping pads at the yurt.  We do not provide sleeping bags.

Inside Stateline Yurt

You will need to bring all your own food and beverages to the yurt.  Metal buckets are provided for melting snow into water.  There are spices and oil, but anything you may want special please bring it in with you.  You will need to bring a headlamp as well and you probably want extra batteries.  When you leave the yurt you will need to take everything you brought in back out with you.  We do not want trash or food left at the yurt.

These two photos were taken near the same location. Be prepared...

It’s not always sunny, be prepared…

The yurt is available for experienced backcountry users, as these are not a guided trip.  You are responsible for your own safety in the backcountry.  When skiing in the backcountry everyone should have basic avalanche gear and know how to use it:  transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack.  Read local avalanche forecast, do your own stability test and make smart choices.  The winter backcountry can be extremely dangerous and you need to have the necessary skills to travel safely in these areas.  All members of the party will be required to sign the yurt rental agreement prior to renting or using the facility.  The Stateline Yurt is only accessible from the Lost Trail Ski Area.  You can purchase a one ride lift ticket for $5 during hours of operation or skin up from the parking lot when ski area is closed.  Allow plenty of time if planning on riding chair four as your access at the end of the day, don’t try to catch last chair.  Snowmobiles are not allowed at Lost Trail Ski Area, do not plan on using snowmobiles or asking the ski area for permission.

Lost Trail Pass Powder

Please open or download the required Yurt Rental Agreement and have everyone in the group read it before making a reservation.  We are currently working on an electronic rental agreement for the 2015 season, updates coming soon.  You will be emailed a combination key code and PDF document with map, directions to the site, including GPS coordinates, emergency contact information and more.  We highly recommend using a GPS, it’s not called Lost Trail Pass without reason.  In a windy blizzard it’s easy to get turned around back there.  With most cell phone providers (Verizon is good) there is service in much of this area.  GPS apps for smart phones are a good back up GPS (Gaia is a popular one).  Overnight parking at Lost Trail needs to be done in specific yurt parking area as to not inconvenience or interrupt the ski area operations.  When you leave the yurt, follow check out instructions on the yurt PDF document.

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How do I get to the Stateline Yurt?
Saddle Mountain Area
North Fork Salmon Area
West Fork of the North Fork Area
Porcupine / Shields Creek Area

CalTopo ( is a great resource for creating maps.

Stateline Rental Rates:
Monday – Wednesday
$25 per person per night (4-person minimum, two night minimum)
Price for one night only stay w/ four people: $120 flat rate, additional person +$30
*prices are subject to 6% Idaho Sales Tax

Thursday – Sunday (price does not include required $5 one ride lift ticket at Lost Trail if you don’t buy day pass)
$35 per person per night (4-person minimum, two night minimum if reserving Friday or Saturday)
Price for one night only stay w/ four people: $160 flat rate, additional person +$40
*prices are subject to 6% Idaho Sales Tax

A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation.  Calendar will update when reservation is complete.

How do you make a reservation?
1.  Look at the calendar below to check availability.
2.  Read the Stateline Yurt Rental Agreement.
3.  Input dates into rental calendar on reservation page.  Continue through checkout process to complete rental.  Availability calendar is not updated immediately, but after checkout your reservation is confirmed and your dates reserved.  Let us know if you have any issues with reservation system.
4.  Complete Yurt Rental Agreement and scan and email it to or fax it to 208.756.8246.  Hopefully electronic rental agreement will be available shortly.

Please use the Contact Us form for any questions.
You can also contact Seth Tonsmeire:  Office 208.756.3959 or Cell 406.579.8677 call or text.

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The Stateline Yurt is operated under a special use permit on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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